Governor Makes Appointment to Fill Local Judicial Vacancy

(HARRISBURG) – Berwick Magisterial District Judge Richard Knecht has been nominated by Governor Tom Wolf to fill a vacant seat on the Court of Common Pleas for Columbia and Montour Counties, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27). 

“Rich is an excellent choice to fill this important role as judge in the Court of Common Pleas” said Senator Gordner.  “I am very supportive of his nomination by Governor Tom Wolf and will work with my colleagues in the Senate to complete his approval.”

Mr. Knecht is a graduate of Bloomsburg State College and The Dickinson School of Law.  He has been a practicing attorney in the Berwick area since 1984.

Mr. Knecht has been a Columbia County First Assistant District Attorney, the solicitor for the Columbia County Commissioners and counsel for Columbia County Children and Youth Services.

Richard Knecht has been the Magisterial District Judge in Berwick since 2010.  He was initially appointed by Governor Ed Rendell in 2010 and was then elected to two subsequent terms.

The nomination now heads to the Pennsylvania Senate, which has a constitutional duty to advise and consent on the Governor’s nominations.

CONTACT:  Mike Stephens mstephens@pasen.gov